AHMEDABAD: The blood pressure of Gujaratis is rising! A study has found that while prevalence of hypertension or high blood pressure spiked across categories in Gujarat between 2016 and 2020, women were more affected by the health condition. Compared to 2016, men recorded 32% rise (from 9.9% to 13.1%) in the category of slightly above normal, according to the National Family Health Survey (NHFS) 5, conducted in 2019-20. Over 29,000 families were covered in the state. For women, this rise was 58% (from 7.4% to 11.7%). The paper titled ‘Trend of Hypertension in Gujarat–Understanding the NFHS-4 and NFHS-5 Data’ by Dr Swati Patel and Dr Prakash Patel from SMIMER mentioned that the overall prevalence of hypertension in Gujarat during NHFS-5 has also increased significantly. While in absolute terms, men recorded more prevalence of hypertension, the rise was significant for women in both slightly above normal and moderately high categories. Among the urban females, the above ... » Learn More about Gujarat women record 58% rise in blood pressure compared to 32% of men
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M umbai, Delhi, now Bengaluru. No city is safe for women in India any more. What can a woman possibly do when a bunch of men -- or even a couple -- attack and molest her even as eyewitnesses offer no help? The latest Bengaluru incident, captured on CCTV, reveals that clothes are not the culprit. The girl, covered from top to toe in jeans, a top and a wrap against the Bengaluru cold, was doing what most of us do almost every day -- getting down from an auto and walking the short distance to her home. The two men rode in on a scooter and blocked her path -- you can actually see her move to one side, hoping to avoid a confrontation, when they sped in. One man hopped off and grabbed and groped her before dragging her to the scooter so that the rider could do the same. Then, they brutally shoved her to the ground before driving away. The horrific Nirbhaya rape in Delhi and the shocking Mumbai rape case both show that a male companion may not be able to keep you ... » Learn More about Your say: How can women be safe?
Next Patcy N in Mumbai I n his long and successful career, Dev Anand has worked with, and given breaks to many actresses. But if you ask him to pick a favourite, he shies away. "I like all my actresses; they were all good," he says. "If I name one actress, the others will feel bad." But he did go back in time to talk about some of the women he worked with. He shares his thoughts with Patcy N . Zeenat Aman I was looking for a girl for one of my film for six months but could not find anyone. I had gone for Amarjeet's (the director of Hum Dono ) party. Zeenat, who was Miss Asia then, knew I was going for the party. So she dressed up well and came for it. When I saw her, I knew she was the girl I was looking for. So I cast her. Image: Dum Maro Dum song in Hare Rama Hare Krishna Next Prev Next W hen I was shooting for a film, Tina came to ask for an autograph. There were other girls with her too. I asked ... » Learn More about The women in Dev Anand’s life
It has brought greater intolerance , says expert on peace studies; cites recent killing of 4 women activists , threat to Malala , etc ISLAMABAD Militant attacks are on the rise in Pakistan amid a growing religiosity that has brought greater intolerance, prompting one expert to voice concern the country could be overwhelmed by religious extremism. Pakistani authorities are embracing strengthening religious belief among the population to bring the country closer together. But it’s doing just the opposite, creating intolerance and opening up space for a creeping resurgence in militancy, said Mohammad Amir Rana, executive director of the independent Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies. “Unfortunately, instead of helping to inculcate better ethics and integrity, this phenomenon is encouraging a tunnel vision” that encourages violence , intolerance and hate, he wrote recently in a local newspaper. Malala Yousafzai attracted an avalanche of trolls. A couple of men ... » Learn More about ‘Religiosity fostering rise in militancy in Pakistan’
Bulbbul reworks ideas from several Bengali film classics to craft a superhuman response to women's depressingly human troubles. When Anvita Dutt 's Bulbbul came out last July, several critics applauded producer Anushka Sharma and her brother Karnesh for their trilogy of films placing the ghost story in the service of feminist goals. The first of these, Anshai Lal's Phillauri (2017), featured Sharma as an early 20th century ghost who haunts the present in the hope of being recognised as the author of Punjabi poems that everyone thought were written by her male lover. The second, Prosit Roy's Pari (2018), with a plot featuring the impregnation of women by spirits called ifrits, and the murder of the resultant half-demonic children by vigilantes, was an allegorical response to the violence of rape and forced abortion. Both were interesting ideas, but neither was executed to any real degree of competence. Bulbbul, set in late 19th century Bengal, might be the best realised of ... » Learn More about Good girls, bad ghosts and goddesses
There is a space for everyone, provided it is based on dharma — compassion, reciprocity and social responsibility. Hindu culture forbids divorce. Yet Hindu personal laws permit divorce. Hindu culture allows gods, and men, to have many wives. Yet Hindu personal laws forbid polygamy. Does it mean Hindu personal laws are opposing Hindu culture? Or, does it mean they are being true dharmashastras, updating responsible social behaviour, i.e. dharma to suit the times (kala), the place (sthan) and the people (patra)? There are separate marriage laws for diverse communities in India, such as Hindu and Muslim . Why can’t there be a separate same-sex union law for queer people? Dharma-shastras are guided by Vedas, and shaped by tradition and wisdom. They have changed constantly from Apasthamba to Vasishtha, Gautama to Manu to Yagnvalkya, responding to contemporary economic, political and social challenges. This dynamism differentiates dharma-shastras from the biblical idea of God’s ... » Learn More about Can gay marriage be part of Hindu culture?
Next Suparn Verma in Mumbai Before he directed films like Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena and Acid Factory , Suparn Verma worked at Rediff.com . On one occasion in 1998, Suparn invited Dev Anand to appear on the Rediff Chat. It was a huge success. You can read the chat transcript here. To know what went on behind the scenes, read on: R IP, Devsaab. Nah! The man never ever rested! He was someone who fell into a vat of eternal youth and Red Bull when he was a baby. Every Indian has romanced Dev saab at some point of time in their lives -- some have imitated him and some have just been in awe of him. As a kid, I was absolutely in love with his mannerisms and the way he romanced his leading ladies. As I grew up, I would mimic him on stage during school and college fests. Please post Your Tributes to Dev saab on Zara Bol Dev Anand taught me what it meant to be hip, cool and Indian What made Dev Anand different from Raj Kapoor, Dilip ... » Learn More about PIX: When Dev Anand visited the Rediff office
Geneva: Governments and organisation of workers and employers from around the world have agreed that there is an urgent need to invest in education, training and life-long learning for all in the automotive industry . "The industry is going through an unprecedented change amid great challenges," said Chairperson of a virtual ILO meeting Erika Gabriela Martinez Lievano . "Our industry can contribute to green growth and decent work opportunities for more women and men, through a just transition in which we create an enabling environment for sustainable enterprises to grow and we promote and protect workers' rights," she said. The Covid-19 crisis has placed massive economic strains on the industry and its workers. It has compounded existing challenges like supply chain disruption, factory closures and a collapse in demand. "The automotive industry has been severely disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, putting at risk the survival of enterprises. It will take years for ... » Learn More about Need to promote decent and sustainable work in automotive industry: ILO
Naveen Boora in medal rounds of Strandja Memorial tourney IMAGE: India boxer Naveen Boora has entered the semi-final of the Strandja Memorial tourney. Photograph: Naveen Boora/Twitter Naveen Boora (69kg) assured himself of at least a bronze by advancing to the semi-finals while Manjeet Singh (+91kg) entered the quarters on an all-win day for Indian boxers at the 72nd Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. Boora defeated Brazil's Eravio Edson in his quarter-final bout, prevailing 5-0 in the contest. Manjeet, on the other hand, got the better of Ireland's Gytis Lisinskas in his last-16 stage bout on Wednesday night. Earlier, Jyoti Gulia (51kg) upstaged two-time world champion Nazym Kyzaiby of Kazakhstan to enter the quarterfinals along with two others. Gulia, a 2017 world youth champion, defeated the gold-winner from the 2014 and 2016 senior world championships. She will take on Romania's Perijoc Lacramioara in her quarterfinal bout later in ... » Learn More about India shining: Boxer Boora, skeet shooters in line for medals
He threw petrol on her face and threatened to strike a match when the men were out; she mistook it for acid A man in his early forties hurled a bottle of petrol at his mother-in-law and threatened to light her up if she intervened and tried to advice her daughter over their relationship. As soon as the petrol fell on the 50-year-old woman’s face and head, she thought it was acid as it burnt up her skin, and she called for an ambulance and the police . Saha and arrested him. Pintoo Saha and Anju Devi got married 16 years ago and the couple and their three kids live in Raghavanapalya in JP Nagar. A few years into the marriage, Saha became an alcoholic and is said to have been harassing his wife and children on a regular basis. Since they were also not well off, his family used to stay close Anju Devi’s parents’ house. A fight brews A week ago, Saha came home drunk and scolded his wife for not going for work. He said it was becoming difficult for him to run ... » Learn More about Man tries to set ablaze ‘interfering’ mum-in-law